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Rack-mount Threadripper Thunderbolt setup

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Budget (including currency): Unsure, GBP

Country: UK

Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: Manjaro, EVE Online, Web server, Machine Learning/AI

Other details (existing parts lists, whether any peripherals are needed, what you're upgrading from, when you're going to buy, what resolution and refresh rate you want to play at, etc): 

 

I'm looking to build a threadripper-based system in a 4u rack-mount chassis using thunderbolt to run from the rack to the desk (yes, like Linus' rig). Server rack will be in the loft, directly above my office.

 

First question would be, TRX40 with thunderbolt? I know the Gigabyte designare supports it but is it as simple as adding in a thunderbolt card? Since the gigabyte doesn't do 10Gb networking I'd be adding in an expansion card anyway and a motherboard that already does 10Gb may be a better choice? On the note of thunderbolt - can you use it to remotely turn on/off and restart the machine, since it will be in the loft this could be a ball-ache.

 

With Zen3 on the horizon what are the expectations for the new Ryzen cpus vs current Threadrippers? Price wise would I be better off aiming for Ryzen?

 

I should also add that I intend to run Manjaro on the setup. I may dual-boot win10 but primarily it will be Linux-based.

 

Beyond that I'm looking for suggestions of chassis, cooling and how to actually run the remote peripherals. This is very much a forward planning exercise - likely to be a present to myself for completing my MSc before I start a PhD so in about a year. This may mean looking at upcoming products or planning for the best available now anticipating the prices to drop. I'm well aware that this machine will be overkill for what I need, it's very much a pet project but I'm also chasing bang-for-buck rather than just the best out there.

 

I'll update the post with new info/choices/ideas as things go and hopefully build up a plan for when I graduate! Cheers!

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